What was graphite believed to be a form of?

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
When large deposit of graphite was found in the 16th century in England, it was thought to be a form of lead. In many lan­guages, the word for pencil lit­er­al­ly means lead pen. (German Bleis­tift, Polish ołówek, Arabic قلم رصاص)

Answers distribution

lead
mercury
iron
chalk
answers
flagIndia
83%
6%
4%
3%
331
flagAustralia
80%
3%
3%
10%
60
flagthe Philippines
77%
3%
1%
11%
54
flagthe Netherlands
77%
5%
10%
7%
40
flagItaly
77%
8%
5%
8%
35
flagthe United States
76%
5%
5%
8%
986
flagMalaysia
76%
3%
0%
19%
26
flagCanada
74%
7%
5%
12%
70
flagthe United Arab Emirates
73%
4%
4%
17%
23
flagNorway
71%
7%
5%
15%
39
flagthe United Kingdom
70%
6%
7%
13%
524
flagSpain
68%
4%
12%
12%
25
flagPakistan
67%
5%
7%
10%
40
flagGermany
66%
5%
10%
16%
181
flagPoland
62%
7%
12%
16%
14202
flagNigeria
61%
14%
4%
4%
21
flagFrance
58%
6%
13%
20%
43
flagRepublic of Ireland
54%
12%
18%
15%
33
flagUU
48%
12%
3%
36%
33
flagAustria
47%
9%
9%
23%
21

Gender

men59%
women62%
lead
59%
62%
mercury
6%
7%
iron
12%
13%
chalk
20%
17%

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